Enriching life, improving health is theme of Oct. 11 Omaha Women's Health & Well

The 16th annual conference will be held at the La Vista Conference Center

The 16th annual Omaha Women's Health and Wellness Conference will be held Friday, Oct. 11, at the La Vista Conference Center, 12520 Westport Parkway. The conference will focus on ways to enrich the lives and health of women.

The conference, which is open to the public, will run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Registration deadline is Oct. 4. The cost of the conference is $59, which includes continental breakfast, lunch, lectures and exhibits. Continuing nursing education credit is available for an additional $30.

A variety of health screenings will be offered at no charge, including blood pressure, glaucoma, balance and posture, body mass index, cardiovascular and oral health. Low cost screenings including lipid profile, glucose profile and complete blood count will be available for $17, and a thyroid-stimulating hormone test will be available for $7. Flu shots will be offered for $15. 

Keynote speakers are:

  • Breakfast session -- "Happy, Healthy and Terrific: Strategies for Creating a Balanced Life," Viv Ewing, Ph.D., president of the Alzheimer's Association Midlands Chapter, addresses the dilemma of not having enough time to get everything done and will share practical strategies for effectively balancing family, career, and self.
  • General session -- "Sex, Lies and Videotapes: Women's Sexual Health Across the Lifespan," Renaisa Anthony, M.D., deputy director and assistant professor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center's Center for Reducing Health Disparities, will lead an interactive discussion on women's sexual health across the lifespan from the reproductive to post-menopausal years with information to ensure optimal sexual health.
  • Luncheon session -- "Strong, Beautiful You!" Kelly Fairbanks, Psy.D., clinical psychologist at The Nebraska Medical Center, will include simple thought and behavior strategies that boost self-image by replacing imperfections and insecurities with courage and confidence.
  • Closing session - "Jesus Take the Wheel: Two Hearts Fighting Together," Missy Givens, two-time non-Hodgkins lymphoma fighter, will talk about her triumph over cancer.

Participants will choose from two afternoon breakout sessions that include topics on: positive parenting; death, divorce, breakup, and loss; family rules and roles to follow or not to follow during a health crisis; realistic mealtime; respect and rights in relationships: bringing intimate partner violence to light; and improving the doctor-patient relationship.

For more details about the conference or for a registration form, call the Olson Center for Women's Health at (402) 559-6345, or log on to www.OmahaWomensHealthandWellness.org. Conference updates also can be found on the conference's Facebook page.

The conference is sponsored by the Olson Center for Women's Health, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, The Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Wellness Council of the Midlands.

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Vicky Cerino
UNMC Public Relations
(402) 559-5190